How did we end up in Spring Lake Michigan?
The Grand River, the longest river in Michigan, flows into Lake Michigan in Grand Haven. Grand Haven is the town where I was born, as well as my dad and grandfather. While I left the area almost 50 years ago, I still have plenty of reasons to return.
Across the river is the village of Spring Lake. I knew it as a kid as the neighboring town where my dad played golf nearly every day that didn't have snow on the ground. As an adult, I know it as my favorite place to stay when we are in the area with our travel trailer.
Many people pass through Spring Lake coming and going to Grand Rapids. To all of those that have not taken a closer look, the town's most distinguishing features are it's beautiful old homes along with all the water that surrounds the town. But upon closer look, the village holds a few secret treasures for those that take an interest.
So here's my 3 favorite things about Spring Lake Michigan!
#3 - Lakeside Beach
Grand Haven has a state park with a large beautiful beach right on Lake Michigan. You can even camp there. But it has people...lots of them. Everyone knows about it and it gets very crowded.
Spring Lake on the other hand has Lakeside Beach...a small public beach, known and used almost exclusively by residents from within the village. Lakeside Beach is hidden at the end of a local street, surrounded by a great neighborhood of old homes. It's small, without the big crowds. You feel like you are enjoying a private little beach on a gorgeous Michigan lake.
The Bike/Walking Trail
#2 - The Bike/Walking Trail
There's a word that I rarely ever use that describes the trail through Spring Lake. The word is tranquility. If you like to walk, or leisurely ride a bike, this path will certainly help clear your head and relieve your stress. It's just so peaceful!
And of course there's the campground! It belongs to the village. The park and the campsites are small, it's difficult to get a spot, and it's only open from April until October. But like the beach and the trail, it's just so peaceful. The grounds and the facilities are well maintained, and everyone there is always friendly. It's just a block from downtown, so only a short walk to a few restaurants. Most of the campground is occupied by seasonal customers, but a few spaces are available to those of us not lucky enough to spend the entire season in Spring Lake.
And then there's Wally. He's the park manager.
It's like he welcomes you into his place and makes
you feel like old friends whenever he sees you.
This is where we like to stay when we are in the area. We've even planned our visits to Grand Haven the last few years around when we could get reservations here.